Recommend a beginner's racquet?

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  1. GasquetGOAT

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    Recommending a beginner's racquet for my cousin. Needs to be new from the shops. He is left handed, about 5"10 and 68kg.

    Money is no object. What would you recommend?

    Thanks
     
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  2. DomStar7

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    i would say a large headsize, maybe a k number (0,1,2,3,4,5)
     
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  3. Mansewerz

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    Hmm, i'm not a fan of oversize and I started with a yonex rdx 500 midplus (note: this is when i seriously started), and then went to a wilson graphite supreme, then an ncode ntour, and now back to the yonex.

    One philosophy is to get a heavy racquet with a small headsize to teach them how to learn a full swing and how to hit the ball on center.
     
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  4. HEAD/PRINCE RULE

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    The Head mircogel extreme is a racquet to learn with
     
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  5. Zhou

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    Big Bubba from gamma. The largest headsize in the business.
     
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    What is it?
     
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  7. 0d1n

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    I'm not a big supporter of the "get an oversize for any beginner" theory. If he is a reasonably athletic adult I would recommend something medium weight (295-300 grams unstrung), with a large-ish head 98-107 and a bit of controllable power. DON'T buy anything over 110 just because he is a beginner because quality rackets with a head that large are few and far between these days.
    I think something along the lines of an Instinct from Head (the LM version is CHEAP on top of being a very good racket) or a Pure Drive should do it...and he can stay with those rackets for a loooong looong time while working on his game.
    If he buys the Instinct he can buy 2 and still be left with some money for strings and some court time instead of paying 200 dollars for a K-Whatever.
    My two pence worth ;)
     
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  8. Alafter

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    Make him play wooden racquet and let him suffer. After all, apparently the smaller the better?
     
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  9. quest01

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    Gotta go with the WEED

    If your a beginner you should look into the Weed EXT. The racket has a 135 square inch head size and the length is 28 1/4 inches. It comes in 3 color choices, green, blue, or pink.
     
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  10. Arbartrator

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    Head ti s6 its light and it has alot of power
     
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  11. goldenyama

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    Microgel Radical OS (not pro). Not too heavy, not too light, big sweetspot. If you start him off with a grandma stick with too much power his stroke development will be retarded as he wont be able to swing without the ball flying - also he might develop arm problems if its too light and powerful.

    A healthy adult (or teenage) male doesn`t need a `beginners` racquet. My first was a second hand Pro Staff Classic 6.1. Go for the new Radical!
     
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  12. master_stringer_mitchy

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    sorry, must disagree. i sell rackets everday to players of all standards. i would never equip a young person with a racket head of over 115 and under 250 grams being that head heavy. i would recomend something like a wilson k zen team, quite light with a 100sq head. alof of kids who start with massive headed rackets get lazy, well they do in england! i would say a k zen team, klite, babolat drive z lite or head extreme team, all good rackets with average sized heads on the lighter side.
     
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  13. notujoo

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    demo program!!! but i first started with head liquidmetal 4
     
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  14. slice-o-maniac

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    don't just go out and buy one. go to your local tennis store and demo a whole bunch of racquets for him since money is no object =]. once he found one he likes then.... maybe go out and buy that one
     
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  15. Christian78

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    As a beginner I played much better with a heavy Head Prestige 90 sq in than with a light 115. I framed a lot more with the big head racket. The one I found to play the best with was a medium heavy 97.
     
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  16. GasquetGOAT

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    Thanks for all the recommendations.

    He is 20 so not very young as a beginner but young enough to handle a solid racquet.

    He likes the look of KBlades. What do you think KBlade 98 for him? Not too small head size?
     
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  17. master_stringer_mitchy

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    i would not to start of with to be honest. also, the babolat pure drive is allways a good stick that covers loads of playing styles?
     
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  18. GasquetGOAT

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    I see, so at least 100 sq in head. Which pure drive though? Cortex or not? What about Aeropros?
     
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  19. GasquetGOAT

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    Also which Yonexes are suitable for beginners?
     
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  20. meowmix

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    The KBlade will be fine. In reality, if he's 20, and a beginner, it's not going to matter what he gets. He'll be able to "HANDLE" any racket (I mean really, it's 12 ounces and it might swing like 13 ounces. Big WHOOP!). Just make sure that HE likes the looks of the racket. Then, get him out onto the courts and start hitting.

    In all seriousness, any racket is suitable. Our HS varsity was ranked fourth in state. We had guys using everything and anything from LM Radicals to some Prince TT Oversize to Babolat APD, to LM4's. We had everything. Some of the guys trying out this year are even more weirdly equiped. We've got a guy with a LM8 (he's got a massive serve), a guy with a TiS6 (he also has a flexpoint 4, but hates it).

    If he's playing for the sake of playing, don't worry about the racket. If he wants to get better FAST, get him a racket that's over 11 ounces, and under 100 headsize.
     
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  21. blubber

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    Volkl/Becker V1 is hard to beat.

    Maybe even a Pure Drive.

    They both have big sweet spots and decent power. The V1 is probably easier on the arm.
     
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  22. tzinc

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    He should DEMO.

    Aeropro Drive with Cortex is good.
     
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